By Hank Stephenson | Arizona Capitol Times
Monday, April 18, marks the 99th day of the 2016 legislative session and begins what, by lawmakers’ own rules, is supposed to be the final week of work.
But there is still a lot to get done.
Legislators introduced more than 1,200 bills this year, and Gov. Doug Ducey had signed 105 of those into law before warning lawmakers last week to buckle down and send him a budget or risk a veto on the next bill to hit his desk.
Lawmakers are expected to introduce a budget soon, perhaps as early as April 18.
After that, it will be a mad rush to the finish line as legislators and lobbyists scramble to schedule last-minute votes on their backed-up bills before the Legislature adjourns sine die and lawmakers hit the campaign trail.